The Tiwa Dara-produced ‘Barbecue‘ is, no doubt, a perfect opener to an emotive and beautifully crafted 6-track opus that has drawn adulation from several corners. Over an acoustic guitar loop and scintillating lead guitar riff, Ilaye delivers a soothing and melodic ode to her teenage love. Over the years, they have grown apart, moved on and probably even totally lost contact, but whatever they shared is still alive and relived in distant but charming memories. With a heartfelt reflection, she details some of the memories and lofty dreams they shared as kids. And just like on the remaining songs on the “Pneuma” EP, she employs remarkable songwriting that projects a soulful realness in her artistry.
This song could be a soundtrack to our young and naive romances filled with pipe dreams and wide-eyed promises, motivated by a childlike optimism that things will always go according to plan if we simply stay true. A time when we sincerely believed in “happily ever after.” But over time, we tend to shed this innocence and enthusiasm as we are repeatedly reminded of the uncertainty and dubious nature of the world as we grow through life. But in the second verse, Ilaye reminds us alongside her “special barbecue,” not to get caught up in the frenzy and try to hold on to our enthusiasm as much as we can – for ourselves and for those we claim to love.
‘Barbecue’ comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club. Listen, enjoy and share.
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Over the past few months, Nigerian hip-hop has been at war with itself. What started as a playful but audacious ‘Best Rapper In Africa’ brag spiralled the entire scene into a Royal Rumble-type frenzy that found rappers aiming for each other’s heads. From Blaqbonez to Payper Corleone to Davolee, everyone was churning out tracks laced with not-so-subliminal shots and outright name-drops. Even the OGs were not spared: a video surfaced online of A-Q and Ghost (of SDC) engaging in a presumably heated debate about who the superior wordsmith was.
All these eventually snowballed into an M.I Abaga vs Vector The Viper showdown. This beef which had been brewing for quite some time finally found the perfect climate for a face-off. In what will go down in history as one of the spiciest Nigerian hip-hop beefs, their back-and-forth resulted in a total of four diss tracks in just three weeks. Climaxing with M.I’s ‘The Viper‘ and Vector’s ‘Judas The Rat‘ and its bordering antics, hip-hop which had been playing second fiddle to Afrobeats in recent years was – howbeit briefly – restored to mainstream consciousness.
5. Davolee – Give Away
This might not be as polished or popular as some of the other songs on this list, but it’s one of the hottest on the streets. Disgusted by Blaqbonez’s audacity to crown himself the best rapper in Africa without the credentials to back such claim, indigenous rapper Davolee attempted to devour the 100 Crowns rapper. The abrasive rapper aims with a submachine gun flow, with enough rounds for whoever is lurking as he also had choice words for M.I Abaga, Loose Kaynon, A-Q, Dremo, Falz, and Ycee. In fact, ‘Give Away‘ also led to a quick back-and-forth with the DMW rapper, Dremo.
After declaring himself the Best Rapper In Africa in a scorching freestyle, many came out to counter his claim as to many he just wasn’t worthy to crown himself with such title. Several rappers released diss tracks to that effect, including Tentik and Payper Corleone. In his combined reply, ‘Best Rapper in Africa‘, Blaq reaffirms his claim as he tears apart his adversaries. He also came through with his ‘Control‘-moment, teasing and calling out his peers for a face-off.
3. Vector – Judas The Rat
When M.I Abaga dropped ‘The Viper‘, everyone thought it was over. The question on everyone’s lips was “how is Vector going to come back from this?” But Vector did the impossible and pulled a comeback reminiscent of 2005’s magic of Istanbul. With ‘Judas The Rat‘, Vector digs up more personal dirt on M.I, particularly pointing at his strained relationship with his brother, Jesse Jagz. He also highlighted some of M.I’s antics, painting him as a rat who favours only himself. The ripple effect from this diss was so strong that it provoked M.I’s fall from grace, reopening sores inspiring many to share some of their bummers with the former Chocolate City boss.
2. M.I Abaga – The Viper
After quick successive jabs from Vector with ‘The Purge‘ and ‘Tetracycline‘, M.I just had to respond. And when he finally did, the self-acclaimed rap messiah did not disappoint as he delivered perhaps the best song off the entire pack. Over a gloomy and ominous self-produced beat, an assertive and gruff-voiced M.I comes through with witty rebuttals for Vector’s previous jabs. He further paints the Lafiaji rapper as a snake who has been envious of his success from the jump.
M.I turned things up a notch just a few days later at the 2019 Big Brother Naija finale. Sporting a black shirt with a bold “No Snakes” imprint, M.I performed his brief set metaphorically stomping over a viper image projected on the stage.
1. A-Q – Distractions 2
A-Q has been having quite a good year. After years of churning out critically acclaimed personal projects including “Rose” and ”Blessed Forever”, A-Q came to many’s radars this year off the strength of his stellar verses on the Martell Cyphers. Also this year, he finally picked up the coveted Lyricist on the roll award at the 13th Headies which eluded him for years despite picking up nominations.
Of all the diss tracks released this year, A-Q’s heinous Vector-aimed ‘Distractions 2‘ takes the cake. The belligerent rapper who had built a name for himself as a war-ready gladiator fit himself right into the Vector-M.I beef and came through with the most brutish diss track in the pack. On ‘Distractions 2’ the 100 Crowns boss brought a grenade to a knife fight, coming for Vector for with a swift jab-cross-left uppercut-cross combo that gave him the knockout in less than five minutes. It’s a joy to know that his recent status as a label president hasn’t robbed him of his viciousness on the mic.Post Views: 557
By Victor Aderibigbe — 8 months ago
As the world gathered to watch Arsenal and Chelsea battle it out for the Europa League title, friends, family, fans, supporters and lovers of good music showed up at Bar Bar, Lekki to celebrate Deena Ade and watch her perform her new project live. A few days earlier, Deena Ade had released her new EP “May Love Find You” and on Wednesday, May 29, she was hosting an open listening session for the nascent project. This would be the first time any of the songs would be performed live.
Opening the night, Oyve delivered a captivating and memorable performance that left an impression on many. Just right after his set, the star of the night, Deena Ade was introduced to thrilling entrance music from the band and deafening cheers from the excited audience.
After soaking up the moment for a while, she finally airs “Good evening everyone” to the mic as she thanked us for showing up, and promised a night of amazing music. Backed by the five-piece Gingerbread band, Deena Ade opens her set with ‘Shere’ – a standout off her 2018 EP “The Cries Of My Subconscious”, which she describes as a post-breakup analysis.
The night climaxed with a run of the 5-track EP, as she walked the audience through the creative process of each track. Sadly, Dami Oniru wasn’t around to join her on ‘Ma Ti Lo’: a song Deena describes as a desperate call for attention from a potential lost-love.
Deena Ade is no stranger to live performances and it showed. She was of course, radiant, confident, fascinating to watch on stage.
With her amiable vocals, her warmth shines through as she breathes new life into the records. “May You Find Love” would never sound the same after this live and intimate experience. Throughout the night, Deena is dazzling, composed and overly thankful for the love and support she receives.
Speaking about ‘Midnight Drive’,the third track off the tape, Deena says, “The day I wrote this, I wanted to emphasise on travelling far to see someone…and I have a lover in Magodo, so I would leave my house several times at night when my mother would probably kill me. So that’s what this song is about“.
Right after, Deena engages in a Q&A session about the project, her artistic journey and her influences. When asked what she would be doing if not music, she replied, “I’d be a revolutionary”. During the session, Deena Ade also reaffirmed her unflinching stand against violence against women and abuse of power.
The “May Love Find You” live listening session was indeed a night of good live music, food and drinks. It was as a reminder of Deena’s gifts not only as a singer and songwriter but also as a captivating performer.
Listen to the EP here.
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By The PGM Club — 3 years ago